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Octave Jarvis

Male 1843 - 1911  (68 years)


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  • Name Octave Jarvis 
    Born 2 Oct 1843  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Dec 1911  Mt. Clemens, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I06914  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Father Joseph Gervais, II,   b. 1809, LaPrairie, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1882, Old Port, Monroe County, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Sophie LaMarre,   b. Abt 1809, Laprairie, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1885, Monroe County (?), MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 9 Nov 1829  St. Philippe de LaPriarie, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1369  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Philomena Shinnavare,   b. 1848, Berlin Township, near S. Rockwood, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1887, Berlin Township, near S. Rockwood, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married Abt 1868  Berlin Township, near S. Rockwood, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ezekel Jarvis,   b. 1869
     2. Ludovicus Jarvis,   b. Abt 1871, Berlin Township, near S. Rockwood, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872, Berlin Township, near S. Rockwood, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     3. Mary J Jarvis,   b. 6 Aug 1873
     4. Esther Jarvis,   b. Abt 1875,   d. 1887  (Age ~ 12 years)
     5. Anna E Jarvis,   b. 20 Jul 1877
     6. Attie Jarvis,   b. 8 Jul 1878
     7. Fredie Jarvis,   b. 3 Jul 1880
     8. Lulu May Jarvis,   b. 8 Mar 1882, Berlin Township, near S. Rockwood, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1882, Berlin Township, near S. Rockwood, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F2628  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • All of the following information about Octave Jarvis was obtained from a synopsis of his Civil War Pension Papers, made by A.J. Larabel, amateur genealogist, whose mather was Mary Esther Jarvis, daughter of Ralph James Jarvis, in a letter of August 16, 1965 to Patrick L. Tombeau.

      At enlistment Octave stated his birth year was 1841, but pension application indcates the year was actually 1843. He enlisted at Detroit on November 25, 1861 for three years in Co B, the 15th Infantry which had 869 men. He mustered in on March 20, 1862 in Monroe and left Monroe on March 27. He arrived at Pittsburg Landing in time to fight on April 6-7, 1862, in the battle of Pittsburg Landing. Two officers and 31 soldiers killed. One officer and 63 men wounded.

      On May 10-31, 1862, Octave took part in the Seige of Corinth, Ms, where 13 were killed, 32 wounded.

      Octave also took part in the Seige of Vicksburg, then Bridgeport, AL, and then on to Scottsboro until February, 1864. He was promoted to corporal.

      His companywas placed on furlough and Octave came back and he and 185 others re-enlisted May of 1864.

      His company then went to Chattanooga, TN, and was attached to General Sherman's Army to take Atlanta, GA, in theMarch to the Sea. At Decatur, TN, there was a desperate engegement with the troops with the Confederate Gen. Hood's troops. Octave's regiment captured the Conferate flag and captured 176 Confederate soldiers. At Jonesboro another squirmish occurred and Gen. Hood evacuated Atlanta.

      After taking a rest at at East Point for a rest, Octave and his company then marched to Cart Springs, AL, traveling on foot to cover 200 miles in 30 days.
      Along the way they had numerous squirmishes.

      The 15th then reattached itself to Gen. Sherman's army to continue the March to the Sea,

      Octave was promoted to sergeant and at this point and suffered also an injury to his hand described later in his Pension papers.

      In early Janaury, 1865, Octave and his company remained in camp at Savannah, GA. On January 14, 1865, they then embarked on transports to Beaufort, SC. On january 30, 1865 they marched through the Cartolinas reaching |Goldsboro, NC, March 14, 1865 and then on to Raleaigh, SC, and from there to Washington, D.C., where Octave and his company took part in the grand review of Sherman's victorious troops on May 13, 1865.

      In June, 1865, he was sent to Louisville, KY,, then to Little Rock, AK. He was paid and officially departed from the Union Army on September 1, 1865, in Detroit, MI.

      On February 15, 1886, Octave applied for a pension of the previously mentioned wound when on 28 July 1864 a bullet hit the stock of his gun, resulting in splinters in his right hand. He was hospitalized for this injury for one day. The wound occurred in the battle for Atlanta.

      At the time of application for this pension, Octave listed his occupation as a sailor. The pension was granted.

      His wife, Philomena Shinavarre died in 1867 and was buried in the South Rockwood Cemetery. At this juncture, Ocatve and his young family (his oldest Ezekel would have been 18 or so) moved to the Mt. Clemens area as He married Clarasa Moore of Mt. Clemens on July 9, 1889, within two years of his first wife's death. The marriage ceremony was performed by C. Ryckart, Catholic priest.

      Clarasa was the daughter of Louis Tebo aand Arcaya Bartram and was born in Port Huron, MI. At the time of her marriage to Octave she was 62, stated to be white and her marriage to Octave was her third. Octave was only 46 at the time of this marriage. He states his birth place was Canada and that his father and mother were Joseph Jarvis and Sohia Lamure (for LaMarre).

      Octave died on December 18, 1911, at the home of one of his daughters, Anna Sargent, who cared for him in his last hours and days. He died of TB of the galnds and was a carpenter by occupation at that time. His cemetery stone marker and funeral was paid for by the GAR.

      His daughter, Anna Sargent, made application from his pension for the expenses of his last days which include 81.50 for care and nursing and $3.00 for doctor's fees.

      A J Larabell in his letter of August 16, 1965, summmarizes Octave's war experience as follows: Octave Jarvis was in 26 battles or engagements, saw 51 of his company killed in action, 24 die of wounds, 182 die of disease, and 286 discharged as unfit for further service. Four of his fellow soldiers died as prisoners in Confederate prisons.

      Octave is buried in South Rockwood, not Mt. Clemens.

      There is a Bertha Jarvis in a Monroe County Cemetery who is the daughter of Octave and Frances Jarvis. She died in 1875. It is unknown whether this child is of our line of Jarvises. Frances could have been a mistake for Philomena, Octave's wife. She is not mentioned in Octave's pension papers, even though another child, Lulu May, who died in infancy is. Bertha could also be an alternate name for one of his other daughters.

      The following was taken from "Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil WAr (1861-1865)" compiled by the Adjutant General's office in Lansing, MI.

      Octavos Jarvis (Veteran), Detroit, enlisted Company B, Fifteenth Infantry, November 25, 1861 for three years at age 20, Mustered December 24, 1861. Re-enlisted January 1, 1864. Corporal, April 10, 1865. Sergeant May 14, 1865. Mustered out at Little Rock, AK, August 13, 1865." (Vol 15, pg 87.)

      Octave was buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Monroe, MI.